About Winery and Wines
My name is Marilena Barbera and I am a winegrower.
I live and work in Menfi, Sicily, where I make my wines with my mother and the amazing crew of Cantine Barbera.
The uncontaminated deep blue sea, with its remarkable scenery of sandy dunes covered with dwarf palms and sea lilies. The bright sunshine, the fresh breeze blowing from the ocean. Unforgettable landscapes of a beautiful valley that lies in the South-western part of Sicily, where the Belice River gently flows into the Mediterranean. A focused and sustainable viticulture, close to the amazing Greek ruins of Selinunte.
Sea and wind, air and light, and the fascinating history of human civilization. This is what you can find inside our win
If you want to understand our wines you need to see the ocean: the boundless deep sea, the white, yellow and ochre beach that stretches for dozens and dozens of miles, the beautiful sandy dunes shaped by a fresh breeze, covered with wild lilies and canes and reeds and tamarisks, where small black beetles draw endless doodles, where turtles lay their eggs, where gray herons and all sorts of birds come to rest during their neverending migrations.
Vines living so close to the ocean that they can turn sea brine into vibrant tasty salinity. Vineyards that enjoy mild winters and warm dry summers, and amazing temperature ranges between night and day. Ripe berries, tasty and sweet, that smell of sunshine and of a gentle Mediterranean wind.
There is the Inzolia, which my grandfather planted in early 20’s and has so well adapted to the sea brine that you won’t believe she could live anywhere else. There are the vineyards that my father brought to Belicello experimenting with international grapes: Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which you may now look askance, but were the new frontier 30 years ago.
And then, there’s what I chose to grow: Perricone, Nerello, Alicante, Nero d’Avola, Grillo.
Making wine is my life choice.
When I got back to Sicily after years I had spent somewhere else, I found the vineyards and my father’s dream. I took his dream and made it mine.